Sep 092019
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No matter how you feel about meal planning, you can do it! It's easier than you think. Here are some simple meal planning tips to get you started!

Meal planning is something that so many people talk about. It’s something that can save you money and help you cook on a budget, but it seems too intimidating. Sitting down to commit to a particular set of meals every week isn’t that fun nor exciting. While meal planning cuts out the adventure of figuring out what’s for dinner tonight, it’s actually a pretty solid way to start eating healthier and save money on your grocery bill. No matter how you feel about meal planning, you can start doing this, just be following a few simple tips.

Meal Planning Tips that Work

Make a List

Start looking up recipes and make a list of various recipes that you want to try to make at some point, and make a list of meal options that your family already loves. Having a list to work off of will help guide you forward in developing a meal plan for your week.

Prepare Ahead

You don’t have to cook every meal from scratch to meal plan. You can buy premade meals or create your own frozen meals to put in the slow cooker. Meal planning isn’t all about cooking from scratch, it’s more about planning the week out to make the most of your food on hand and save money.

Check Pantry

Before you start meal planning take a look in your pantry as well as in your freezer to see what ingredients you already have on hand. Often times you can create a meal plan based on ingredients you already have to save some extra cash or to cut down the time involved in cooking.

Batch Cooking

Make sure that you plan for one or two leftover nights. This can easily be built into your meal plan for evenings that your family is generally busy. Parents often have kids with sporting events or other extra-curricular activities that make for a busy evening, so leftover nights work well for those busy evenings.

Shop One Time

Not only does meal planning involve creating a list of ideas for the week but it also helps if you shop for everything at once. While creating your meal plan have a separate piece of paper on hand to create a grocery list so that you can get everything at once to save time as well as money.

Now that you’ve ready some meal planning tips that work, it’s best to pick one day to sit down and make the list. Some people prefer to do this on Friday and grocery shop on Sunday, while others will do their shopping and meal planning on the same day, such as a Sunday. Whatever day you pick to start creating your meal plan, be sure you head to the grocery store within 24 hours so that you stick to the meal plan you created as a means to save money on your grocery bill as well as the time involved with meal prep. This meal planning tips that work should lead you forward in a positive direction to start meal planning on a regular basis without any stress.

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  28 Responses to “Meal Planning Tips that Work”

  1. My daughter meal plans pretty often. I do make lists to save money on groceries but I need to get better with the actual planning. You’ve got some great tips!

  2. Love it. I recently started meal prepping, and it’s beena huge time saver. Batch cooking on the weekend, and then just serving everything up through the week has made life so much easier.

  3. These are such great tips! We try to make some of our meals in batches so we do not have to make totally new meals every day.

  4. Meal planning is my savior during the busy school and work week. All of your tips are super helpful. It’s amazing how much money you can save when meal planning as well!

  5. I keep saying I need to try meal planning but find it gets away from me. I am going to have to try and take on board your tips and hopefully manage to keep up with meal planning from then on!

  6. I really enjoyed reading this post. These are really helpful tips. I can’t wait to use some of them.

  7. I am working on doing this. I HATE cooking. Like HATE it, hate it. I tend to get hostile when I know I have to cook. So anything to make it easier is a plus for me.

  8. Checking the pantry is always a good thing. That way you dont end up with too many cans of something like me.

  9. I am hit or miss with meal planning. It takes a while to get into the rhythm of it.

  10. With school back in session, I’m serious about meal planning again. By planning out meals it saves so much money AND it makes the week so much easier especially when the kids have so many after school activities that make the weekday schedule so hectic.

  11. This is something that I always struggled with. I would either forget to make my list or lose my list. Now that it’s just hubby and I it’s a lot easier…I just send him. Love these tips.

  12. Thank you for sharing these tips. I really love meal planning. And you’ve just reminded me of how to do things easily.

  13. Meal planning is truly a lifesaver. We sat down one night at dinner and made a master list of everyone’s favorite meals. Then whenever I’m in a rut or need menu planning ideas, I can refer to the list. I like to plan my meals for an entire month and post a calendar where everyone can see what’s coming up.

  14. I have been getting into meal planning and batch cooking. It is saving me both time and money.

  15. All comes down to taking the first step. I try to do a lot of fresh salads, chilis, soups. Meal planning does work!

  16. We do our meal plans every Sunday so I can buy the ingredient the next day. I try to shop just one day but we prefer fresh fish from the market so I buy it same day we need it.

  17. I think this is going to make a huge difference. Things sometimes gets out of the way. I will follow this through.

  18. Meal planning is a good thing especially when the school starts! These are great tips!

  19. Shopping one time is the BEST! I hate having to run back to the store to grab one or two things last minute.

  20. Eating out of my pantry has been so helpful! It keeps us from letting food go to waste

  21. so many useful tips on this..thanks for sharing it, Robin

  22. These are really awesome tips! Thank you so much for sharing! I will definitely try these!

  23. I started meal planning a few years ago and never looked back. It saves me time, money and energy. Great tips!

  24. I am all about preparing ahead. It really helps for when I work all throughout the week and need something to eat right away.

  25. I do something similar! Usually pick the meals and days, then make the shopping list! These are great tips for meal planning!

  26. I need to do more meal planning instead of going to the store almost every week! I can’t wait to try your list!

  27. This is such a good idea, because I run out of cooking options for the family.

  28. I am always at fault for not checking the pantry before I shop. Never fails, I think I have something, go shopping and come home to realize I’m missing one of the main dry good ingredients.

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